Duquesne Law Review


In a summary section of The Report of the Commission on Obscenity and Pornography, my colleagues and I wrote that ". . . persons who are unfamiliar with erotic materials may experience strong and conflicting emotional reactions when first exposed to sexual stimuli. Multiple responses, such as attraction and repulsion to an unfamiliar object, are commonly observed in the research literature on psychosensory stimulation from a variety of nonsexual as well as sexual stimuli."' It may be ironic (but not unpredictable) that the Report we were writing would subsequently generate similarly strong and conflicting emotional responses, for the same reasons: it is so unfamiliar. As I review available evidence concerning the impact of the Report, I detect strength, emotion, repulsion and attraction. And, as in the area of human sexuality, there is considerable misunderstanding.

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